REVIEW: Black Science #10 – The Comic Doth Protest Too Much

Written by: Rick Remender

Art by: Matteo Scalera and Dean White

Published by: Image Comics

$3.50

BlackScience#10coverWhile reading “Black Science #10” it occurred to me that to a certain extent we can reasonably know what to expect from this series with each issue. As with anything related to comics, that can be a great thing and a bane for the series. It’s great that we can expect outlandish worlds and trippy story-telling, which traverse splendidly rendered worlds. It is virtually guaranteed that this series will be one of the most artistically diverse and incredibly colorful books on stands that week. However, it’s become apparent that the tone of the series, highlighted by this issues overly whiny moaning and in-fighting amongst the main characters will continue to be negative.

Many readers may appreciate that Black Science doesn’t have an overly optimistic tone, and I’m certainly not going to advocate anything like that, but I do want to mention that it’s occurred to me that the characters of this series remain largely one-dimensional. Usually by this point in a Remender series we see characters that are more complex than these, but it seems like most of the people that populate the world of Black Science only exist to bitch about how bad they’ve got it. Despite being surrounded by wondrous new worlds with deadly threats around every corner, they insist on complaining about how crappy their lives were back on the original Earth.

I trust Remender enough as a story-teller that I believe he’ll give me a reason to care about these characters again, but I can’t continue to feel sorry for them when all they do is feel sorry for themselves. This feeling of apathy towards the characters came onto me while reading “Black Science #10” and kind of surprised me so I wonder how many of you are wondering why it took me so long to realize this and how many of you don’t see that criticism at all.

While the script let me down a bit this time around, the art by Matteo Scalera and Dean White was pretty spectacular as always. There were a few panels that looked a little rushed, one panel in particular that stood out featured a gun whose barrel was bent at an odd perspective. Aside from the occasional slip-up “Black Science #10” delivers what we’ve come to expect from this series: amazing splash pages, tense and well-choreographed action, vibrant colors and creative designs. The artwork is such a strength for this series because it’s a joy simply to turn the page and see what wacky thing Remender and Scalera have come up with.

The mass of Black Science’s story is something Remender should be praised for. He’s always had a penchant for telling huge, interconnected stories, but Black Science seems to be on another level. Having said that, a few mistakes and the story could really get away from him and only confuse readers but to this point we’ve enjoyed a narrative that isn’t always presented in the easiest way to grasp, but, whose pieces ultimately seem to fit together to make a grand picture.

Verdict:

“Black Science #10” succeeds in advancing the overall story of the series but bogs the down narrative with some frustrating character work. In a way this issue makes me really excited for the next issue as I believe that Remender will have many of the characters grow and evolve in the coming months as a few have already. Scalera’s art wasn’t the flawless masterpiece that it has been at times for this series but you’d still be hard-pressed to find a more impressive visual feast on stands this week.

“Black Science #10” earns 7.7/10